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  - La Palma (provincial capital).
- The Darién National Park and its Biological Corridor of Serranía de El Bagre.
- The water basins of the Tuira and Chucunaque Rivers.
- The Chico and Sambú Rivers
- The Cerro Pirre Station.
- The thick tropical forests of Pinogana.
- The Chepigana Forest Reserve.
- The Punta Patiño Wetlands.
- The El Real Geological richness..
- The Patronales of La Palma.
- The Cana Gold Mine.
- The Tropical Star Lodge of Piña Bay.
- The Ipetí Emberá Rural Community.
- Garachiné Agrotourism.
- Wargangí and Madugandí Regions.
- The indigenous areas of Emberá, Cémaco and Sambú.
   
 
 

Darién is the largest and less populated province in Panama. It has a surface of 16 671 square kilometers and is found east of the country. Darién borders Colombia to the east with Kuna Yala to the north and south with the Pacific Ocean. La Palma is the capital of the province, and was founded in 1922 and has the largest population in the province. Darién is divided in two districts: Chepìgana and Pinogana made up by 25 administrative divisions. You can find the Emberá-Wounaan region divided in two areas, of which is autonomous to administer and manage its territory.

The conquest and colonization of Panama was carried out through this province. The first Spanish to arrive to Panama, Rodrigo de Bastidas, explored the cost of Darién in 1501. The first municipality of the American continent was in the historic city of Santa Maria la Antigua in Darién in 1510.

The area´s culture is rich and diverse. The province´s population is characterized for being scarce, dispersed and heterogeneous and is located in the small towns close to the flow of the water. There are permanent significant migratory flows from and to the province. The black population of Darién are descedents of cimarrones, which are slaves that escaped from Spanish colonizers. Also living in the region are the Kunas, represented by the Cuevas indians as well as the Emberá and Wounaan (both known as Chocoes). These communities live isolated, close to the flow of the rivers and do not have any political ties, nor economic structures and maintain the same customs for thousands of years living with nature in the Darién National Park.

The province of Darién is one of the country´s regions ideal for ecological tourism and adventure. It is beautiful and wild. In its 16 000 kilometes over flowing rivers, thick tropical forests, paradise like beaches, high mountains and diverse flora and fauna are found. It is known as the Tapon del Darién, from where the path of the north to the south is interrupted.

The town of El Real de Santa Maria is very interesting for visitors. It is a small town that serves as access from the river to the Darién National Park. Yaviza is also the final point to the Pan American Highway. Its population is of black origen and you can find the remains of an old Spanish fort that protects the entrance to the Caná gold mine and Turqueza river.

The main tourism and ecological attraction of the province is the Darién National Park. The park occupies the majority of the province´s south with some 579 thousand hectares and with large unexplored areas, in addition to having the main and most varied ecosystems in the region. It is one of the largest forest areas in America. In 1983, UNESCO declared the area a Biosphere Reserve. The flora offers different species in its natural habitat like orchids, birds, ferns and other beauties. The park has some 300 bird species among them the Aguila Arpía (country´s symbol), the largest bird of prey in the world and is currently in danger of extinction. Inside the park you can enjoy the white sand beaches, rocky coasts, mangroves, waterfalls, bird watching and its forests. It is one of the last primary forests conserved in Central America and the last frontier for many species in danger of extinction. It is also considered one of the most complete tropical ecosystems in the continent. You can find the Takarkuna Cerro inside the park, whose peak reaches 1 875 meters above sea level. The best season to visit Cerro is after the rains, during the month of January.

Darién is a good opportunity for those that prefer to enjoy the bondness of nature and learn on the indigenous community.

 
 
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